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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

What is the town talk this week? Haha! The Big Giant Goliath 2015 Blizzard I reckon. For the record, I do not like snowy weather. Was going to say I hate it but that may be a little strong. I know, we can always use the moisture so let's be grateful for that. Blizzard stories and photos are plentiful on the Internet/Facebook. Our first responders had to go out and rescue people stranded in the snow. I wonder about people. The blizzard was not a big surprise. Weather forecasters had been talking about the possible blizzard for days, even down to the hour when it would start. Oh well, truckers have to truck.

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Wandering cattle is one of the blizzard problems. A small herd of cows was seen wandering down 5th St. during the storm. Some cattle that are kept north on Hwy 214 were found wandering near Bovina, about a 15 mile walk. Then there were the photos of a cattle herd walking along on the Loop in Lubbock. I'm told blizzard snow makes the cattle wander off. Hope all the cattle get back home eventually.

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Lot of businesses, including the Friona Star office, were closed Monday. Most of Monday's business was spent digging out or staying inside and warm. That is what I did. Snow is piled high everywhere so still be careful.

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Congratulations to Friona grad Caitlin Bronniman. She received her nursing degree from West Texas A&M last week. Her mom is Leslie Wright. Now her name looks like this, Caitlin Bronniman, BSN, RN. Hard work and determination pays off.

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We were closed and did not print a Star last week. For a while I was beginning to wonder if we could put one together this week. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. I drove home from Denton on Christmas Day to beat the storm. Belated thanks to Jeri Lynn White and Sandra Berend for the goodies you brought by the office before Christmas. Thanks to Linda White for the pecan goodies she brought this week.

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I know many of you remember Hugh Moseley, a Parmer County historian and all around good fellow. Hugh has moved to Canyon from Sweeny, Texas. I do not know why but here is his new address in case you want to add him to your address list or send him something: Hugh Moseley, 9 Hospital Drive #310, Canyon, TX 79015. That is in the Palo Duro Village which I think is an assisted living facility.

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We received this from one of Claire Blanco's daughters. Claire lives in California now: "Our beloved mother Claire C. Blanco spent a lovely Christmas with 30 plus loved ones. She had a great time but then the following morning Mom took a fall at her home. She was rushed to the hospital and had a fractured right hip. They are unable to perform surgery so Mom will be going to a rehab facility for an unknown length of time."

"She has never stopped talking about "her Friona Texas" and the beautiful people that she had met in the 23 years she lived there. We, her family, are reaching out to her friends in Friona, in the need of prayers. We want to thank you for having made our mother a part of your community. You made her happy. Thank you from her family and a blessed New Year to you all."

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Here is another note from a Star reader: "This donation for Project Christmas Card is from Richard, Pat, James, and Matthew Shirley. We just want to wish all our friends in Friona a very Merry Christmas. We may not get to see you often but know we haven't forgotten you. Friona is always in our thoughts. Great memories."

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We received an email press release about a dating site for dog owners. It is called YouMustLoveDogs Dating.com. You can post a video of you and your dog and maybe snag another dog owner to dae and maybe later marry. The guy who created the site is also the creator of the PupPot, a cooking, serving, and storage system for homemade doggie meals. He and his fiancé also host the Puppy Cooking Network on Youtube. So grab your dog and go for a little romance.

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Coach Jimmy Arias emailed that Gabriel Chico and Adrian Munoz were selected to 2nd team all-district in football. Josue Ojeda and Jonathan Hernandez were named honorable mention. The Chiefs and Squaws were scheduled to play in the Littlefield and Texico basketball tournaments this week but both teams canceled due to the Goliath snowstorm. Kenny Austin said they couldn't get the buses out of the bus barn and if they did they couldn't go anywhere.

The JV and varsity girls and boys host Vega here Tuesday January 5 with JV at 5:00, Squaws at 6:30, and Chiefs at 8:00 p.m. Coach Woods told me the Vega boys are good so shake off the winter blues and come out to enjoy some basketball.

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Thanks to Mike Martin at A-1 Service Center for taking time to inspect my Tahoe during a busy Christmas season. Mike's parts business, managed by Ted Procter, has expanded into the office area now. This was my first stickerless inspection. Mike scraped the old sticker off and I went to the Chamber of Commerce to get my registration. It always feels good to accomplish something instead of putting it off.

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Tim Elmore has retired after 39 years as a librarian/media specialist, with 19 of those years at Cowart Elementary School in Dallas. Tim lives in Kemp, Texas and is a former Friona resident.

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Happy anniversary to Jim and Sherry Atwell for 49 years and to Kirk and Annette Frye for 31 years. Both celebrated during this Christmas break. Many more.

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Emily Stowers has resigned as FCCLA teacher at FHS for a similar position at Amarillo College in Amarillo. Emily and Andrew will be moving to Amarillo eventually. Former Spanish teacher at FHS, Erin Barnett, has come out of retirement to take over at FCCLA for the remainder of the school year.

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That wraps up Town Talk for another year. Appreciate your submissions and participation. Always good to hear from our out-of-town subscribers and former residents. We appreciate all of our readers. Straight ahead to 2016. Happy New Year. Until then!

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